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Nutrition and Dietetics Internship

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Class of 2016 SDSU NDI interns, pictured from left to right; Misty Hildenbrand**, Becky Jensen (Program Director),Kaylee Karsky**, Molly Millage**, Francesca Frankie Willard**, Brittany Thompson*, Megan Tschakert***, Ashley Morin*, Nicole Pinkelmann**, Robin Keyser**, Kris Olson*, Krista Leischner*, Amanda Berckes*, Drew Hicks***, Emily Smith* (Our program is a master's plus supervised practice with interns completing supervised practice in their final year of graduate coursework. *= in their supervised practice rotations fall of 2016 thru spring of 2017, **in supervised practice rotations fall of 2017 thru spring of 2018), *** in supervised practice rotations fall of 2018 thru spring of 2019) Not pictured is Andrea Hanson**


Welcome to the SDSU Nutrition and Dietetic Internship (NDI)!  The SDSU NDI is a master’s degree graduate program combined with 1200 hours of supervised practice, accepting a maximum of 15 interns per year. Interns will receive experiences in management rotations (320 hours), clinical (400 hours), community (400 hours), research (40 hours), special projects and related didactic experiences (40 hours).  Interns who will be completing a critical review paper as part of their master’s degree in addition to supervised practice hours can complete the program in 2 years.  Interns who opt to engage in a research/thesis project as part of their master’s degree can complete the program in 2 years and are allowed up to 3 years for completion depending on the type of research they are engaged in.  The SDSU NDI will also consider accepting up to 3 of the 15 interns who already have an applicable graduate degree for completion of the supervised practice hours component of the internship. Additional Information is available in the SDSU NDI Handbook.


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The concentration area for the SDSU NDI is community nutrition. Integrated within their community experiences, interns will engage in:

  • Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to complete a community needs assessment involving an area of nutrition, health and wellness or physical activity.
  • Utilizing needs assessment findings and a theoretical framework for planning, implementing, evaluating and sustaining a program.
  • Providing at least one component of a community-driven program, assess outcomes and document impact.

Interns will also have an opportunity to attend a media training, farm tours and an interprofessional community project workshop.

Pathway to becoming an RD...

  1. Complete Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from an Undergraduate Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics
  2. Complete an ACEND-Accredited Supervised Practice Program
  3. Pass a National Exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  4. Complete Continuing Professional Education Requirements
For additional information on the educational and professional requirements for Registered Dietitians, click here.
The SDSU NDI program meets the requirements for an intern to complete an ACEND - Accredited Supervised Practice Program, which is required prior to taking a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). A Statement regarding the candidacy status by ACEND for the SDSU NDI program is provided below.

ACEND Accreditation Statement



The South Dakota State University Nutrition and Dietetic Internship has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetic of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.

The granting of candidate status denotes a developmental program, which is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Reasonable assurances are expected to be provided that the program may become accredited as programmatic experiences are gained, generally, by the time the first class has graduated. Graduates of a class designated as having candidate status have the same rights and privileges as graduates of an accredited program.


The SDSU NDI has finalized their 2017 intern selections and proudly welcomes the following:

Myranda Dunmire (SDSU), Paige Pappadackis (SDSU), Samantha Kratovil (SDSU), Bailey Larson (UNL), Abbey Nielsen (SDSU), Kim Wong (Southern ILL University), Keith Thompson (SDSU), Lezlie Pommer (SDSU), Karley Konkol (SDSU), Kaitlyn Kimmel (SDSU), Shelby Rachel (St. Catherines, MN), Gabby Norwicki (University New Haven, CT), Amy Hommes (University MN, Twin Cities), Alyssa Kauffman (Bluffton University, OH), Makenna Meier (University Northern Colorado).

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